Overweight people often become invisible. To the world, and to themselves. As their weight comes off, they will start experiencing the world differently, and the world will experience them differently. The personal excavation of weight loss sometimes unearths old stuff or hopes they don’t wish to remember. Jackie is teaching these clients to physically reach for things they think they cannot grasp. Jackie and Craig aren’t building muscles – they are building courage. That courage then comes into the therapy room. They start peeling off the psychological layers and pounds that numbed them and take honest stock of their lives.
Losing weight is not just treadmills and protein shakes – it is about discarding old scripts and facing old demons. A new body can be both exhilarating and terrifying. That terror of the unknown can make people hold back and sabotage well-intentioned weight loss attempts.
This week – let your reach exceed your grasp. Push yourself – inside and out, even if it hurts. Challenge your stereotype of yourself. Workout with a mismatched partner – and push yourself out of the comfort zone to a place of change.
Now it’s time for you to weigh in. What’s going to happen to the group with Kim gone? Will Nikki’s revelations be a wake-up call? How will Shay fare now that her mom is gone? What about you? Who has been a supporter in your weight loss struggle? Who has undermined you? What were the key lessons you learned about food at your childhood dinner table and how do they shape your eating now? We can learn from the past, but we are not governed by it.